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This local Starbucks may soon serve wine, beer

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Posted at 3:15 PM, Dec 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-03 15:15:40-05

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, OHIO — Who would like a glass of wine with their double chocolate chunk brownie at Starbucks?

That dream may be a reality when the popular coffee shop opens its new location at the $350 million Liberty Center retail complex in Butler County in 2016.

Matt Mullins, communication director with the Ohio Division of Liquor Control, confirmed Thursday that the Seattle-based coffee company applied for the necessary permits on Oct. 29 with the state to serve alcohol at its store at 7590 Blake Street.

Mullins said it takes about 10 to 12 weeks for the state to process pending permit requests.

Jackie Reau, spokeswoman for Liberty Center, said the retail center had no comment about the potential sale of alcohol at the popular coffee store. Starbucks has not returned a message left at its corporate headquarters in Seattle seeking confirmation or comment.

Starbucks told CNN Money in August that 70 of its stores nationwide serve alcohol as part of its “Starbucks Evenings” line of food and drinks.

The company launched the nighttime menu that includes wine, craft beer, and small-plate offerings in test markets beginning in 2010. Markets currently serving alcohol include Denver, New York City, San Francisco, Miami, and Orlando.

Tap here to see a sample Starbucks' Evenings menu.

The Liberty Center Starbucks would be one of the first locations in the Tri-State region to serve alcohol when it opens. Starbucks also applied for a liquor license at one of its existing locations in Dayton, Ohio on Oct. 23.